NASA conducts successful test with rocket for manned Mars mission

Mar

12

2016

NASA and contractor Aerojet Rocketdyne have successfully conducted a test of the RS-25 rocket engine. The engine will be the basis for the Space Launch System, which should be carried out from 2030 manned Mars missions.

At the Stennis Space Center Thursday a hot fire of five hundred seconds implemented . It was the first test of the RS-25 engine, four of which are combined in the launcher of the Space Launch System, which NASA wants to use for future manned space exploration missions.

The engines were originally developed in the seventies of the last century and remain stopped after NASA Space Shuttle program. Between 1981 and 2011, the space agency 135 shuttle missions carried out using the RS-25 engines, which were used on the shuttle three.

The first unmanned test rocket is the latest in November 2018 launched are and is 97.5 meters high. Eventually, NASA wants to build a 122 meter tall rocket, with a deadweight of 130.000kg.

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